Dave Pinwell

Dave Pinwell

Dave Pinwell is a prolific blogger and IT enthusiast and has kindly allowed us to reproduce his popular weekly IT Talk column first published in the Solihull News. Dave is also CEO of Colebridge Trust and SUSTAiN which play a key role in providing strategic support to Solihull’s Voluntary & Community sector. Dave has extensive experience in the IT sector, with roles including IT Director with Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe Ltd.

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New Cat Phone Is One For Hard Hats

By Dave Pinwell 23rd April 2018 Tech News 53
New Cat Phone Is One For Hard Hats

New Cat Phone Is One For Hard Hats  Unless you work in construction, agriculture or heavy industry, there is a good chance of not being aware that Caterpillar, the giant of heavy duty tractor and truck manufacture, also makes mobile phones. They entered the market in 2013 and currently have a range of five phones,…

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Opportunity To Get Connected May Be Delayed

By Dave Pinwell 23rd April 2018 Tech News 36
Opportunity To Get Connected May Be Delayed

Opportunity To Get Connected May Be Delayed  Last month’s first pedestrian death by driverless car will have pushed back the imminence of the autonomous vehicle. Meanwhile, however, connected cars are forging ahead apace. Dublin based Cubic Telecom, one of the leaders in the field, recently announced that the worldwide population of cars using its software…

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Smart Speakers Spark A Debate

By Dave Pinwell 23rd April 2018 Tech News 75
Smart Speakers Spark A Debate

Smart Speakers Spark A Debate  There is much debate on the Net about the possible impact of smart speakers, such as Amazon Echo and Google Home, on children. There are estimated to be 50 million of these installed in American homes already. If so, that would mean about 35 per cent of the population has…

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On The Face Of It New Technology Has Some Appeal

By Dave Pinwell 23rd April 2018 Tech News 93
On The Face Of It New Technology Has Some Appeal

On The Face Of It New Technology Has Some Appeal  The arrest if a wanted man in China last week raised eyebrows in a number of quarters and triggered some fresh debates about the limits to privacy and to freedom. The man in question came out of hiding to attend a pop concert, thinking that,…

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Fears Growing On Power Of AI

By Dave Pinwell 23rd March 2018 Tech News 297
Fears Growing On Power Of AI

Fears Growing On Power Of AI For months, Gmail users have had live demonstrations of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Its Smart Replay functionality shows an uncanny ability to read and understand incoming mails and to suggest possible replies. For instance, if a friend or colleague emails ‘took a turn for the worst so will not make…

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VR Helping With Devastating Disorders

By Dave Pinwell 16th March 2018 Tech News 320
VR Helping With Devastating Disorders

VR Helping With Devastating Disorders  Further to last week’s reflections in this column about using Virtual Reality (VR) to tackle fears and phobias, there is also experimentation with its application to more devastating mental health conditions such as schizophrenia, anorexia and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Last year, Montreal’s Phillippe-Pinel Institute published results from two years’…

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Virtual Reality May Be Way To Face Your Fears

By Dave Pinwell 14th March 2018 Tech News 375
Virtual Reality May Be Way To Face Your Fears

Virtual Reality May Be Way To Face Your Fears There is growing evidence that Virtual Reality can help people face their fears. For those afraid of heights, flying, spiders or whatever threats loom large, popping on a headset could help. Take Mimerse’s Itsy software, for example. This takes a user through then levels of exposure…

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Mobile Users Getting A Lot Textra From App

By Dave Pinwell 7th March 2018 Tech News 445
Mobile Users Getting A Lot Textra From App

Mobile Users Getting A Lot Textra From App  Why would anyone download an SMS text messaging App to their mobile when they all come with one pre-installed? There must be a good answer because over ten million Android users have installed Textra, the most applauded alternative. It has over a third of a million user…

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Robot Cop Cars Could Keep Tabs On Drivers

By Dave Pinwell 27th February 2018 Tech News 355
Robot Cop Cars Could Keep Tabs On Drivers

Robot Cop Cars Could Keep Tabs On Drivers  The news that ‘smart city’ and ‘driverless cars’ technologies are being merged in a bid to automate traffic policing is unlikely to cheer the average motorist. Ford has been granted a patent by the US Government for an autonomous police car. It could drive itself or be…

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Clear Online Bills From Providers Are a Huge Plus

By Dave Pinwell 16th February 2018 Tech News 383
Clear Online Bills From Providers Are a Huge Plus

Clear Online Bills From Providers Are a Huge Plus I made the mistake of checking my online bill from a utilities provider, then deciding to stay with that provider but change the tariff package. I still remember those heady days when a single sheet bill came through your door once a quarter. I used to…

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